What is js13kGames?
Read Tuts+ Gamedev intro article, check out my blog post
and see the Rules for details, good luck and have fun!
Hi, I'm Andrzej
I'm running this competition on my own
in my free time. I acquired prizes worth more than 20.000 USD and will send the usual js13kGames t-shirts to all of the participants for free
(one t-shirt per entry, free shipping) just like in the previous years, and hope to add some stickers, gadgets, and other swag as usual.
To help me keep the competition going you can send a few bucks via the PayPal button below, thank you!
Share the love for HTML5 games and support the js13kGames competition!
See the Contact section for more details on how to get in touch.
Pablo Farías Navarro
Founder of Zenva and author of over 40 online courses on game, web and mobile app development, including a Kickstarter-funded course on how to make 15 games with Phaser. Trainer at the HTML5 Developer Conference, avid tutorial writer and massive HTML5 game dev nerd.
Jason Weathersby currently manages the Developer Relations group at Mozilla, evangelizing Firefox, Developer Tools, Research projects, HTML5 Gaming and all things for the Open Web. He is a proponent of HTML5, Open Web standards and Open Source and is a regular contributor to the Mozilla Hacks blog. Jason has over 25 years experience in the software development field, ranging from real time process control to business intelligence software.
10-year experience in game industry focusing on business development, game licensing, developer relations, and Marketing. Elle has licensed a few hundred games on PC, mobile, and HTML5 in her career. She currently works at Simplaex, an innovative platform where allows game developers to monetize their player base outside of their games.
Winners - Desktop
1st place Evil Glitch by Agar3s
2nd place Glitch Buster by Rémi Vansteelandt
3rd place Super Chrono Portal Maker by Xem
4th place Super Glitch Box by Rybar
5th place Omega Glitch by Carson Barlow
6th place Glitch Hunters by Coding-monkey-business
7th place Day Of The Glitch by Eoin McGrath
8th place Phosphorus Dating by Bruno Croci
9th place gl1tch.exe by razh
10th place Escape from Maze 13 by John
11th place p̯͟a̼̫c̯͝m̭͇a̷͈n̦̕ by SilviShinyStar
12th place Glitch in outer space by Zsolt and Gabor Heja
13th place Glitch by Japheth C. Balane
14th place Cyber Shmup by Greg Pabian
15th place Glitch Switcher by Kev Adsett
- 16. Tonder by Rose Abernathy
- 17. Save the Semicolon by Xanmia
- 18. Complicit by Andrew HS
- 19. Couch 2048 by Mark Vasilkov
- 20. Prison Escape by Satanas
- 21. Give me my face back! by Nico & Andrea
- 22. Control by Logan Franken
- 23. Flip-flop by Frank Mitchell
- 24. GLITCHICKEN by Mattia Fortunati
- 25. Touconect by riazxrazor
- 26. Pirates of the Glitchy Sea by Rebecca
- 27. 0xDEAD by Chris Gibb
- 28. R e n e g a d e by Rachel
- 29. Glitchformer by Luke
- 30. Nexus overload by Pixel Jerry
- 31-40. Omega 13K, Short Circuit, Cycles, Space Glitchy Invaders, Glitch Drive,
Glitch maze, Bubble Trap!, Blade Gunner, Bombslide, Neon Runner '84
- 41-50. Silly Little Tanks, yoctoPets, Glitchcon, Blib Blupper, Glitch Blob,
Ah Kin Glitch, PULSE, Popnoid, GlitchCube, Theo's Escape
- 51-60. Buggy SnAkE, Cosmic Shooters, PatchNotes, 26 Games in 1, Competitive Typo Annihilation,
Glitch in Virtual Reality, Road to Pixel, Spacetime, Save the Matrix, Super Best... Whatever
Winners - Mobile
1st place Glitch Buster by Rémi Vansteelandt
2nd place Day Of The Glitch by Eoin McGrath
3rd place Escape from Maze 13 by John
4th place Glitch in outer space by Zsolt and Gabor Heja
5th place Cyber Shmup by Greg Pabian
6th place Save the Semicolon by Xanmia
7th place Complicit by Andrew HS
8th place Couch 2048 by Mark Vasilkov
9th place Flip-flop by Frank Mitchell
10th place GLITCHICKEN by Mattia Fortunati
- 11. Short Circuit by Jacklehamster
- 12. Cycles by Piotr Szlachciak
- 13. Glitch maze by towc
- 14. yoctoPets by walsh9
- 15. Glitchcon by pachacamac
- 16. PULSE by Marco Fernandes
- 17. Theo's Escape by Csaba Csecskedi
- 18. Buggy SnAkE by Zosia and Bartek
- 19. Be The Wind! by Viktor Uhryn
- 20. Glitched 15 by sergonaut
Winners - Server
1st place Save the Semicolon by Xanmia
2nd place Cosmic Shooters by Nalin Chhibber
3rd place Competitive Typo Annihilation by Michcioperz
4th place Glitch torpedo by plissken2013es
5th place HoloSim by Keith Karnage
- 6. Robo Wars by Furstenheim
- 7. GlitchSquad by Mateusz Curylo
- 8. Shuttle Power Dash by Mary Bush
- 9. Find That Glitch by Banthar
Community Awards winners
Voted among the developers themselves.
- 1. Evil Glitch by Agar3s - 24 points
- 2. Super Chrono Portal Maker by Xem - 22 points
- 3. Glitch Hunters by Coding-monkey-business - 21 points
- 4. Tonder by Rose Abernathy - 20 points
- 5. Glitch Buster by Rémi Vansteelandt - 17 points
- 6. Give me my face back! by Nico & Andrea - 14 points
- 7. Glitch in outer space by Zsolt and Gabor Heja - 13 points
- 8. Super Glitch Box by Rybar - 10 points
- 8. Couch 2048 by Mark Vasilkov - 10 points
- 10. 26 Games in 1 by The Codegolf team - 9 points
- 11. Cyber Shmup by Greg Pabian - 8 points
- 12. Glitch Switcher by Kev Adsett - 7 points
- 13. GLITCHICKEN by Mattia Fortunati - 6 points
- 14. Omega Glitch by Carson Barlow - 5 points
- 14. Theo's Escape by Csaba Csecskedi - 5 points
- 14. Nexus Overload by Pixel Jerry - 5 points
- 14. Day of the Glitch by Eoin McGrath - 5 points
- 14. Glitchformer by Luke - 5 points
- 14. Neon Runner '84 by Chris Subagio - 5 points
- 20. yoctoPets by Walsh9 - 4 points
- 20. Phosphorus Dating by Bruno Croci - 4 points
- 20. The Spear of Time by EhTd - 4 points
- 20. Pirates of the Glitchy Sea by Rebecca - 4 points
- 20. Save the Semicolon by Xanmia - 4 points
- 20. Prison Escape by Satanas - 4 points
- 26-28. Lone Guard - The Software, Glitch Guy, Popnoid - 3
- 29-35. Escape from Maze 13, ROBO SLAYER 3000, Buggy SnAkE,
Level 10, Diamond Run, A Bad Day for Frank, Cybergrid-13 - 2
- 36-41. Gl1tch.exe, Save the Matrix, Bombslide, Spacetime, R e n e g a d e, Midnight Pizza Temptation - 1
Social Special winners
For the most popular games on the social networks.
- 1. Evil Glitch by Agar3s - 106 tweets
- 2. Super Glitch Box by Rybar - 49 tweets
- 3. Glitch Buster by Rémi Vansteelandt - 42 tweets
- 4. Glitch Hunters by Coding-monkey-business - 38 tweets
- 5. Nexus Overload by Pixel Jerry - 35 tweets
- 1. Evil Glitch by Agar3s - 220 likes
- 2. Evade the Glitch by Sydney Independent Innovators - 147 likes
- 3. Save My Duck by Rachit - 128 likes
- 4. Glitch in Outer Space by Zsolt and Gabor Heja - 80 likes
- 4. Flappy Ball by Gaurav Nanda - 80 likes
10 × PlayCanvas Pro-5 account
Ten 6-month PlayCanvas Pro-5 accounts offering cloud-hosted, collaborative platform for building video games.
3 × Pusher $300 credit
Three promo codes worth $300 each for the Pusher services.
1 × Proto.io Startup account
One Proto.io account with Startup plan for 12 months.
5 × Cloud9 IDE individual subscriptions
Five different Cloud9 subscriptions: 1 year for 1st place, 6 months for 2nd and 3rd, 3 months for 4th and 5th.
3 × CodePen Pro account
Three CodePen Pro accounts with lots of cool features for 12 months.
30 × GitHub personal account
Thirty paid GitHub plans - personal accounts with unlimited private repositories for twelve months.
3 × Jscrambler license
Three Jscrambler Starter Plan licenses for three months each.
1 × SaaS Manager $1000 credit
One promo code worth $1000 for the SaaS Manager services.
There will be three different categories,
you can submit your game to any of them - it's up to you.
Full power of the hardware.
Mobile touch devices.
There will also be a Twitter, Facebook and Google+ Specials just like before,
and the famous Community Awards voted among all the participants.
Top 15 games
- 1st place: SaaS Manager, Making Money with HTML5 ebook, Phaser Editor, GitHub
- 2nd-5th places: Making Money with HTML5 ebook, Phaser Editor, GitHub
- 6th-10th places: Phaser Editor, GitHub
- 11th-15th places: GitHub
Top 10 games
- 1st place: Proto.io, Complete Mobile Game Development Course, The Curious Expedition, WebStorm, GitHub
- 2nd-5th places: Complete Mobile Game Development Course, WebStorm, The Curious Expedition, GitHub
- 6th-7th places: WebStorm, The Curious Expedition, GitHub
- 8th-10th places: The Curious Expedition, GitHub
Top 5 games
- 1st-3rd places: Pusher, Elliot Quest, GitHub
- 4th-5th places: Elliot Quest, GitHub
Top 25 entries (voted among developers themselves)
- 1st-5th places: Kendo UI, Cloud9, PlayCanvas, A Wizard's Lizard, Soul Thief
- 6th-10th places: PlayCanvas, A Wizard's Lizard, Soul Thief
- 11th-25th places: A Wizard's Lizard, Soul Thief
Package size below 13 kB
Two sources - readable and compressed
The competition is focusing on the package size, but learning from others is also very important. Please provide two sources of your game - first one should be minified and zipped to fit in the 13 kB limit (sent via the form) and the second one should be in a readable form with descriptive variable names and comments (hosted on GitHub).
No external libraries or services
You can't use any libraries, images or data files hosted on server or services that provide any type of data - for example Google Fonts are not allowed. Your game should work offline by launching the index.html file in the browser (Desktop and Mobile categories, not applicable to Server) and all the game assets should fit in the package size limit. If you manage to shrink your favorite library below 13 kilobytes including the code itself, then you can use whatever you want, just remember about the 13 kB limit.
The main theme of the competition in 2016 is Glitch. It's highly advised to follow it in your game, because the judges will pay attention to that, but you can freely interpret the theme and implement it however you feel would be the best.
Deadline - 13th September 2016
The competition starts at 13:00 CEST, 13th August 2016 and ends at 13:00 CEST, 13th September 2016. No submissions will be accepted after the end of the competition.
You have to have the rights for every asset used in your game. Remember that the submitted games will be published and made available for everybody to see.
New content only
Do not submit any old games or demos - you have a whole month to work on something new and fresh, this should be more than enough.
Errors and browser support
Your game must work and be playable in at least two browsers: Firefox and Chrome. The more supported browsers, the better - you can get more points for that. There should be no errors - you can lose some points if your game is showing any errors in the console. If we cannot play your game, it won't be accepted.
It doesn't matter if you're working alone or with your friends, just remember that the number of prizes is fixed, so you'll have to share your trophies with your teammates.
There's a special form to submit your game. Please remember that you have to provide two sources (see the Rule #2 for details) - a link to a public repository on Github and a zipped package. Participants are allowed to submit more than one game in the competition, though sending the same game as independent submissions targeting different platforms (for example separate builds for desktop and mobile) is forbidden.
Submissions will be checked manually and published after positive verification. This may take up to a couple of days, so be patient if your game is not yet online. I claim the right to reject any submission without giving a reason, although I hope I don't have to. I also have the right to update the rules of the competition at any time.
Time frames for voting, judging and announcing winners
The Social Specials contest will be held from the start of the compo on August 13th till the end of the judging on September 27th, winners will be announced on the same day right after it ends. The Community Awards voting among the participants will last for a week between September 13th and 20th, winners will be announced on September 21st. Judges will vote for the games during the two week period after the submission time ends: from September 13th till 27th, winners will be announced on September 28th.
Server category specific rules
All the Server category rules, the sandbox server and the demo code can be found at github.com/js13kGames/js13kserver.
Code of conduct
All participants and judges at js13kGames are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the online event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensuring a safe environment for everybody.
Js13kGames is dedicated to providing a harassment-free competition experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of competition participants in any form. Competition participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the competition at the discretion of the competition organizers. TL;DR: Be excellent to each other.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why exactly 13 kB?
- Well... why not? :)
- What's in it for you? Are you getting paid?
- Nope, it's just my own idea and it's made for pure fun. I'd love to get a sponsorship though as I spent my own private money on the first edition to cover shipping of the prizes worldwide, making t-shirts etc.
- What does the "zipped" term exactly mean?
- Sent package should be zipped with your usual system archiver, the only allowed extension is .zip. Let's keep it simple - it's a competition for coders and this should be your main focus, the code itself. Thanks to the zipped archive you will easily send your game and we will easily check the file size.
- Can I use Flash?
- Can I use WebGL?
- Yes, though it might be hard to fit it into 13 kilobytes if you plan on doing an FPS game.
- Can I use CoffeeScript or TypeScript?
- Can I use compression through the self-extracting PNGs?
- You can use it, but remember that the zip is as good, or even better in terms of compression than PNGs, so there's no point in doing so.
- More questions?
- Send them in via email or social media or post them in the dedicated topic at the HTML5GameDevs forums.
If You have any questions or propositions please feel free to contact us via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The other options include visiting our profiles on Twitter or Facebook,
or joining our Slack channel and sending us the private message.